The Forbidden Kingdom

A friend of my dad turned up at our restaurant and came up to me and asked if I like watching kung fu movies. Well I do so I told him I do and then he gave me a copy of The Forbidden Kingdom to watch. So off I went to watch it and it was quite good indeed. Not as good as those chinese ones but good enough for me to post about it.

First character we see is 孫悟空 (Syun Ng Hung – Monkey King) (西遊記 – Journey to the West anyone?) It reminded me so much of when I used to watch Journey to the West and I certainly loved that xD

Syun Ng Hung!

Syun Ng Hung!

Then we see he’s fighting the Jade Warlord. Some corrupt bitch xD Kinda reminded me of Gilgamesh from Fate/Stay Night with the Gate of Babylon.

Jade Warlord

Jade Warlord

Finally, the Jade Warlord tricks the Syun Ng Hung and encases him in stone but not before Syun Ng Hung launches his magic wand (more like a pole/stick) far far away, away from the hands of the Jade Emperor.

Back to the present though, some martial art-obsessed teen, Jason, is checking out some martial art movies before getting bullied. The bullies then go on to shoot some old chinese guy and calling him chink at the same time after trying to defend himself with the legendary 金箍棒 (Gum Gong Pang). However as he is dying, he passes it onto Jason and tells him to pass it back to it’s rightful owner. Before being able to do this though, he has to run away from the bullies. After getting cornered, the Gum Gong Pang forces him off the roof and he falls back into time into Ancient China. Here he wakes up and finds out everyone speaks mandarin here and tries to get back to his time. However, some guards begin to chase him and he runs out of the house but gets surrounded. Fortunately for him, he meets Lu Yan (Jackie Chan) whilst he’s sleeping on his donkey. Lu falls off and then begins to drink some wine and starts kung fu-ing the soldiers before escaping from them.

They then feast inside an inn and Jason empties his wallet which amazes the innkeepers. However, soldiers then run in and Lu begins kung fu-ing everyone. However Jason gets into a pinch but Golden Sparrow (Liu Yi Fei) saves his ass. She then decides to join them and escapes together into the forest. Here Jason asks for Lu to teach him Kung Fu after Sparrow tells Jason about Lu being the Drunken Immortal. The next morning though, some mysterious white figure on a white horse (Gandalf the white?! :O) appears and steals the Gum Gong Pang. Lu chases after him and finds him meditating inside a temple. The 2 begin some awesome kung fu showdown with Praying Mantis vs Tiger.

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

Vs
Tiger Stance

Tiger Stance

After some stalemate and conversation, the Silent Monk (Jet Li), too, joins the team. They then both begin to train Jason in kung fu and make fun of him at the same time which causes Sparrow to smile at him.

<3 Sparrow

❤ Liu Yi Fei

However after journeying for a bit, Ni-Chang, the White Haired Witch catches up to them and attempts to kill them and claim the Gum Gong Pang in order to gain an Elixir of Immortality.
Sparrow owning

Liu Yi Fei owns ❤

However, the team escapes but Ni fires an arrow which hits Lu in the back, wounding him badly. The team is then forced to take shelter at a nearby temple where after a while, Jason decides he can’t sit back and do nothing and takes the Gum Gong Pang and heads to the Warlord’s palace alone. The Warlord then tells the Ni and Jason to fight to death for the elixir. Jason obviously loses but before he is killed, the Silent Monk jumps in to fight the Jade Warlord and Sparrow to fight Ni.
Sparrow

"She shall kill the White Haired Witch"

White Haired Witch

"Not if I kill you first bitch!"

The Monks then come to backup Jason and they begin to kick some ass.

Monks + Jason

Monks + Jason

Lol @ Jason

Lol @ Jason

Monk Ownage

Little Monk Ownage

Jason then manages to get the elixir but gets caught by Ni but he manages to throw it away from her and the monk catches it and gives it back to Lu to drink.
Monk catch

Monk catch

Lu now joins the action and defeats Ni whilst the Silent Monk is on the verge of death against the Jade Warlord. However Jason manages to break the stone statue with the Gum Gong Pang and Syun Ng Hung is revived!

BOOM!

BOOM!

More BOOM

More BOOM

Even more BOOM

Even more BOOM

Last BOOM

Last BOOM

Syun Ng Hung is alive!

Syun Ng Hung is alive!

He then totally owns the Jade Warlord shortly after that.
Syun Ng Hung owning.

Syun Ng Hung owning.

However in the end Sparrow is dead (T_T) but then Jason is sent home and kicks some ass and we find out the old chinese dude is still alive and is actually what seems to be Lu in the future o.O
Not a bad film I’d say but not totally awesome either.
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